Warmbier Death Brings Push to Restrict Travel to North Korea

Living just south of Cincinnati, the return and death of Otto Warmbier has been major news, since that is where he is from and where he was returned to. Doctors dispute the North Korean claim of botulism, but say Warmbeir’s significant loss of brain tissue indicative of severe trauma and possibly lack of blood flow to brain for a significant time. Now, US officials are pushing to restrict tourism to North Korean because of the detention of more Americans.

U.S. officials renewed efforts Tuesday to ban or restrict tourism in North Korea after the death of college student Otto Warmbier. 

Inside the Trump administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been weighing such a move since late April, a senior State Department official said. The official told the AP that deliberations gained new urgency after Warmbier’s death. 

On Capitol Hill, calls to crack down on U.S. travel to the rogue state already are being made.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said those “stupid” enough to want to travel to North Korea should be required to sign a waiver that would absolve the U.S. government of any blame for harm to those citizens while abroad…

One has to question why anyone would want to travel to North Korea and take the chance of being imprisoned and tortured for almost anything, including suspicion of who-knows-what. America banned travel to Cuba for years, the same thing needs to be done with North Korea. Just placing restrictions or requiring someone to sign a waiver isn’t enough. Ban all travel to the nation and cut them off every way possible.

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